Virginia Port Authority Police Department
On behalf of our professional and dedicated sworn and civilian men and women, the Virginia Port Authority Police Department welcomes you! It is my extreme pleasure to serve as the ambassador for law enforcement and security in providing for the protection of America’s finest port – The Port of Virginia. Every member of our team is highly trained, dedicated, and committed to supporting and balancing our missions of safety and security for our port partners and employees. The Port of Virginia takes great pride in sustaining low crime rates, reflected by the diligence of our security team. Much of our success is reciprocated in our internal and external partnerships with business, local community, labor and the intermodal shareholders.
Our cultivated and ongoing relationships with port partners ensure our mission is continuously and successfully executed. We enjoy an omniscient relationship with our private, local, state and federal partners, which enhance our ability to protect the lawful flow of commerce to Virginia. This cooperative and innovative philosophy will continue to support The Port of Virginia as the most viable option for global trade. Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn more about us. I hope the information is pertinent and useful. As one member of a very proud team, we welcome you to The Port of Virginia.
Chief of Police
Virginia Port Authority Police Department Mission
The Mission of the Virginia Port Authority Police Department is to facilitate the lawful flow of commerce through the marine terminals of Hampton Roads; to safeguard life and property, and to maintain law and order at those facilities; and to meet goals and objectives of the department.
The following are two sections from Chapter 10, Title 62.1, Code of Virginia, concerning the Virginia Port Authority and its employment of special police officers.
1. Section 62.1-132.11. Police Powers: Penalties. –
The Authority is empowered to adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations governing (i) the maximum and minimum speed limits of motor vehicles using Authority property, (ii) the kinds and sizes of vehicles which may be operated upon Authority property, (iii) materials which shall not be transported through or over Authority, and (iv) other matters affecting safety and security of Authority property. Such rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of law (i) after publication one time in full in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or county where the affected property is located, and (ii) when posted where the public using such property may conveniently see them. Violation of any rule or regulation which would have been a violation of law or ordinance if committed on a public street or highway shall be tried and punished as if it had been committed on a public street or highway. Any other violation of such rules and regulations shall be punishable as a Class I misdemeanor. (1981, c.589.)
2. Section 62.1-132.12. Employment, Jurisdiction, and Power of Special Police Officers-
The Authority may appoint and employ special police officers to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Section 62.1-132.I I on Authority property. Such special police officers shall have the powers vested in police officers under Sections 15.1-138 and 52-8 of the Code of Virginia. Such special police officers may issue summons to appear, or arrest on view or on information without warrant as permitted by law, and conduct before the court of the city or county of competent jurisdiction any person violating, upon property under the control of the Authority any rule or regulation of the Authority, any law of the Commonwealth, or any ordinance or regulation of any political subdivision of the Commonwealth. The court or courts having jurisdiction for the trial of criminal offenses of the city or country wherein the offense was committed shall have jurisdiction to try persons charged with violating any such laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations. Fines and costs assessed or collected for violation of any such law, ordinance, rule, or regulation shall be paid into the Literary Fund. (1981, c.589.)
Virginia Port Authority Police Department Code of Ethics
As a Virginia Port Authority Police Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . law enforcement.
Tip line: 757.440.4099
For a copy of a Police Report: 757.683.2196
7737 Hampton Blvd, Bldg. 1
Norfolk, VA 23505
Hours of Operation
8:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday-Friday (Closed on Holidays)
Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC)
A TWIC is required to have unescorted access to the Port of Virginia marine terminals.
Register your TWIC here.
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
C-TPAT is a voluntary supply-chain security program led by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The program focuses on the development of cooperative relationships to strengthen the security of our borders, as well as the security of the overall supply chain while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade. Since 2006, the Virginia Port Authority has been a certified C-TPAT partner with Virginia Port Authority Police Department personnel designated as primary points of contact. More Information here.
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING:
- If there is a life-threatening emergency, call (757) 440-7070
- To report suspicious activity on Virginia Port Authority terminals or facilities, call (757) 683-2194 or (757) 683-2195
Suspicious Activity includes:
- Breach/Attempted intrusion to the terminal or facility
- Unattended packages or bags
- Misrepresentation or credential discrepancies
- Unauthorized photography or video recording on terminal
- Loitering, tampering or sabotage of property
- Concealing or attempting to conceal dangerous substance or devices
- Concealing or attempting to conceal weapons or firearms
- Unusual questions about security procedures or assets
- Covert movement, behavior, or activities around cargo
- Expressed or implied threats to the terminal or facility
How to Report Suspicious Activity:
- WHO did you see, physical description of individual(s) and/or vehicle(s)
- WHAT did you see, description of the activity and direction of travel
- WHEN you saw it, what time
- WHERE it occurred, which terminal or facility
- WHY it’s suspicious